Fighting against Hamas in Gaza was resumed by Israel after a week-long truce meant for the release of hostages broke down on Friday.

Israel resumes fighting against Hamas after truce to free hostages conclude

The resumption of combat operations was announced by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), attributing the renewal to Hamas allegedly violating the truce by firing rockets toward Israeli territory.

Visible plumes of smoke spread across parts of the densely populated enclave as the IDF proclaimed its intent to once again act decisively against Hamas.

The renewed hostilities signify the conclusion of a fragile ceasefire that facilitated the release of 110 Israeli women and children, along with foreign nationals, held by Hamas since its October 7 attack. Additionally, around 240 Palestinian prisoners were released from Israeli jails.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office stated that Hamas failed to fulfill its obligation to release all abducted women and launched rockets toward Israeli citizens, adding that 137 people remain hostage in Gaza.

Netanyahu reiterated his government's commitment to specific goals: releasing hostages, eliminating Hamas, and ensuring Gaza no longer poses a threat to Israelis.

Israel resumes fighting against Hamas after truce to free hostages conclude

The Hamas-controlled Government Media Office in Gaza attributed the resumption of fighting to the international community, particularly the United States, holding them accountable for the "Israeli" occupation's actions and the continuation of the conflict's brutality against Gaza's civilians.

At least 32 people were reported killed in Gaza, and numerous others injured after Israeli strikes resumed on Friday, according to a spokesperson for the Hamas-controlled Ministry of Health.

The IDF dropped leaflets in the southern city of Khan Younis, designating it a "fighting zone" and instructing residents to evacuate immediately, hinting at a potential expansion of military operations.

The resumption of conflict risks escalating the ongoing crisis in Gaza, previously described by the UN Secretary-General as "a crisis of humanity."

Before the latest round of fighting, the United States urged Israel to safeguard Palestinian civilians, signaling a significant diplomatic push amid the conflict.

As the brief respite ended, Israel enforced its pledge to resume military action in Gaza if Hamas couldn't produce ten hostages for each additional day of the ceasefire. Both sides had prepared for the possibility of fighting to restart.

The truce, which began on November 24, marked a pivotal diplomatic breakthrough in a conflict initiated by Hamas' attack on Israel on October 7, resulting in casualties and hostages.

Despite aid deliveries and relief efforts during the ceasefire, Gaza's residents, already struggling with shortages, face renewed hardship as fighting resumes, potentially cutting off the sole supply line into the region. Discussions continue despite the hostilities' resurgence, aiming to navigate the complex hostage release agreement.